Kennedy Stewart said the city is evaluating the provincial government’s announcement on Wednesday of a phased approach to relax physical distancing measures starting in mid-May.
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Stewart says the city must ensure the safety of the general public and staff before reopening the facilities.
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The city will also conduct research to assess public interest in using city-managed facilities.
“If we open a public indoor pool and no one wants to come, it would be a mistake,” he said.
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“It makes no economic sense to open facilities that people are not yet comfortable with.”
Stewart says the city would like to open outdoor facilities first – some golf courses and the VanDusen Garden have already opened – followed by other recreational facilities.
“Interior installations are more delicate due to the need for social distance and cleaning,” he said.
Stewart said announcements regarding the opening of city-run facilities will be made in the coming days.
“It won’t be all of a sudden. We will deploy things one by one. “
The city closed most city-run facilities on March 16 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
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